Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/30/12 at 01:09 PM ET
from Glenn Healy of CBC,
Goaltending styles evolve over time. Some of this evolution is based on the success of goalies who have a certain style that gives them success and then other goalies play the copycat game.
Patrick Roy had great success with the butterfly style and most of the goalies coming out of Quebec emulated his style. The emergence of the butterfly goalie is not just about copying a Hall of Famer like Roy, but related to a host of issues that created the drop-and-block style.
In the late 1980’s, goaltending equipment was revolutionized. Heavy and bulky pads stuffed with deer hair were replaced with light foam pads. Pads went from 12 pounds a pair to four and that is significant.
This allowed goalies to be more mobile and lengthened many careers. Goalies could remain mobile as they approached their mid 30’s, allowing them to make east-west type saves.
Bigger goalies obviously cover more net. But with the heavy pads of the 80’s, they had trouble with movement. Welcome the newer lighter pads and big goalies could become quick and big.
Size and quickness is a great combination and it is now the trend in the NHL to have big goalies who cover a ton of net and can move east to west.
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